Your body may be a temple, but it's a very, very weird temple. It's also pretty gross. Here are some of the most fascinating facts about the human body (some of which might seriously skeeve you out).
1. When you blush, your stomach also blushes.
Specifically, the inside of your stomach.
This fact is equal parts strange and adorable. Fair warning: The rest of these aren’t so adorable.
2. You have mites living in your eyelashes.
You probably do, anyway. These tiny parasites (called Demodex) embed their heads into your hair follicles. They eat skin cells and oils your body produces.
As much as that might skeeve you out (and it should), the mites are actually pretty harmless. Unless you somehow get a lot of them in your skin. That can cause problems.
3. Splashing cold water on your face basically turns you into a diving superhero.
It’s called the Mammalian Diving Reflex, and it’s actually super cool. Basically, when you splash cold water on your face, your heart rate slows considerably. That means you use up less oxygen and can remain underwater for longer. Pretty cool, right?
4. That stuff running out of your nose might not be snot...
…There’s a chance it could be cerebral fluid. (But don’t panic. Most of the time it’s just snot.)
There have been a few cases of people who thought they had a runny nose but were actually losing cerebral fluid through their nose. This is due to a condition known as CSF Rhinorrhea (and no, it has nothing to do with rhinoceroses or diarrhea).
OK, let’s move from the nose to your fingers. How many muscles do you think are in your fingers? You’re most likely incorrect…